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Smile, Ehud – You’re Convicted!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

We’re all acquainted with the phrases “mitzvah goreres mitzvah” – one mitzvah leads to another mitzvah – and “aveirah goreres aveirah” – one sin leads to another sin. Reflecting on the saga of convicted criminal Ehud Olmert, the phrase that comes to mind is “one lie leads to another lie.”

My recollection of Olmert dates back to 1988, when, as a member of Knesset, he was my guest, live from Israel, on a radio program I presented with radio icon Barry Farber on WMCA in New York. The program was aired prior to the 1988 Israeli elections. The Knesset had just passed a new anti-racist law in order to bar MK Rabbi Meir Kahane as a candidate for re-election.

Reb Meir naturally appealed this decision, and the appeal soon reached the high court for a final verdict.

On the day of final judgment, I used my press card to enter the courtroom and witness this historic moment.

To my shock, the lawyer for the prosecution was none other than Ehud Olmert.

Everyone stood as the panel of judges entered the chamber and took their seats.

The judge in the center lifted his gavel and with a bang announced, “Overruled!” Kahane’s appeal had been dismissed.

The judges rose and left the courtroom. Kahane’s entourage left singing and angrily shouting, and someone lifted Reb Meir on his shoulders.

A moment later, there were only two people left in the courtroom: Attorney Olmert and me. Olmert remained standing, with a smile – or smirk – on his lips, his eyes gazing off into the near future when he expected to be rewarded with a ministry in the newly elected government for his successful efforts against Kahane.

Olmert had essentially lied, portraying a faithful and devoted Jew as a potential Khomeini or even Hitler. He had obviously read Kahane’s writings and highlighted any statements that, if taken out of context, could deceive the court.

I stood and approached him and firmly asked, “You’re smiling, huh? You’re smiling?”

I then pointed to his lips and said, “One day you’ll regret this smile.”

I turned and left, slamming the door.

Two years later, Meir Kahane was assassinated.

Eventually Olmert became mayor of Jerusalem, while Kahane’s Kach movement was outlawed as a terrorist organization.

As mayor, Olmert refused to allow the annual yahrzeit commemoration for Kahane at the Ulam David catering hall, stationing police at the door and on the block.

Then the Second Intifada broke out, and buses and restaurants all over Jerusalem were being blown up by suicide bombers, just as Kahane had predicted when he’d asked, “Do you want Kahane or do you want Arafat?”

After each tragic suicide blast the mayor would speak to the people on camera.

Dov Shurin would always arrive and stand directly behind him.

And as Olmert would began to speak to the media I would shout, “Kahane was right, Olmert, and you know it better than anyone because you were the lawyer against Kahane and you read his books!”

By then the police would be schlepping me away.

I did this over and over again. You could say, using the Hebrew, that I was rodef (hounding) the man. Until one day, after yet another terrorist incident, as Olmert awaited the cameras, I whispered to him, “You want me to stop this redifa? At least allow the yahrzeit commemoration for Kahane, an assassinated former Knesset member!”

A month later, on the 18th day of the Hebrew month Marcheshvan, Olmert finally allowed the gathering at Ulam David.

Soon afterward, Olmert re-entered the Knesset to become Sharon’s right-hand man as they invented the lie called hitnatkut (disengagement) that resulted in the expulsion of more than 8,000 Jews from Gush Katif.

Olmert’s Banana Republic (Boat) Song

Monday, March 31st, 2014

(to the tune of the Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte) based on a Jamaican folk song

EH HOOD, day EH EH HOOD Ehud’s done and da jail’s his new home

EH, he say EH, he say EH, he say EH, he say EH, he say EH-ay-ay-HOOD Ehud’s done and da jail’s his new home!

They shot all night from ole Hezb’Allah (Ehud’s done and da jail’s his new home)

And he just played wid his banana (Ehud’s done and da jail’s his new home)

Come, Mr. Tally Mon, tally his corruption (Ehud’s done and da jail’s his new home)

Come, Mr. Tally Mon, tally the corruption (Ehud’s done and da jail’s his new home)

It’s six K, five K, four K, Graft! (Daylight come and da jail’s his new home)

It’s six K, five K, four K, Graft ! (Daylight come and da jail’s his new home)

A beautiful bunch a’ripe defrauding (Ehud’s done and da jail’s his new home)

Loot in envelopes purloining (Ehud’s done and da jail’s his new home).

EH HOOD, day EH EH HOOD Ehud’s done and da jail’s his new home

EH, he say EH, he say EH, he say EH, he say EH, he say EH-ay-ay-HOOD Ehud’s done and da jail’s his new home!

Olmert Joins ‘Innocent’ Leaders like Katzav and Nixon

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has joined former Israeli President Moshe Katzav and President Richard Nixon, all of them straight as a snake and who insisted they were not guilty to the smelly end.

“This is a sad day for the State of Israel”, President Shimon Peres said after the guilty verdict.

Sad?

Olmert has beaten almost every investigation against him. When he was finally indicted on three criminal charges two years ago, he was acquitted on two of  them, and his leftist media following sang Hallelujah for his being convicted of “only” a relatively minor charge and receiving a suspended one-year sentence in jail.

It is not that the leftist and anti-national religious crowd loved Olmert. They also did not love Ehud Barak, but both of them were the selfish establishment’s great hopes to keep the reins of power in the hands of the minority elite, such as former Bank of Poalim chairman Danny Dankner, who also has been convicted in the stinky bribery cases involving Olmert.

Olmert, like many others before him and many who are in office today but have escaped the short arm of the law, is a parasite. He lives off the system inherited from the Turks and the Brits, a system of bribery and favors that is accepted practice in Middle Eastern societies.

Israel, unlike its Arab neighbors, is in the midst of a non-violent revolution that slowly is getting rid of corruption,

It is a long and difficult task because it is inbred in the system, just as sexual favors are part and parcel of high positions where officials they are so successful that they assumed they have been crowned as legal leeches.

The worse part of it is that all of them claim they are not guilty, for the understandable reason that they simply did what others did but made the mistake of being caught.

Moshe Katsav, former president of Israel, was guilty and still claims he never raped his victim although the judicial system accepted testimony to the contrary.

“Tricky Dick” Nixon was a lawyer and political hack who likewise fed off the system of immorality and paid the proper price of impeachment.

All of them were correctly judged guilty by the public before being proven they were not innocent, and that apparently undemocratic attitude is a natural reaction to a system that time after time is not clever enough for the con men that want to grease the corporate-government complex,

There are other high officials who should be in jail, but their names cannot be mentioned here because libel suit would follow.

But these men, along with some of their conspirators in the media establishment, should be in jail for sins that are worse than criminal, such as handing over northern Israel to Hezbollah by abandoning southern Lebanon handing over Gaza to Iran’s terrorist front – Hamas – and abandoning innocent Jews whom they encouraged to build their lives in Gaza.

Olmert’s predecessor was Ariel Sharon, who was never indicted but widely suspected of illegal fund raising and political favors. Police said they found evidence of a $3 million bribe paid to Sharon’s sons, and Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke shortly afterwards. One of his sons, Omri was convicted.

Olmert stole from every taxpayer’s pocket – both from the left and the right.

Unlike President Peres, Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett was upbeat over the guilty verdict. “The State of Israel today took a giant step towards a more moral leadership,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “Israel is disconnecting from corruption. A leader is entitled to make a mistake, but he is forbidden to be corrupt. Corruption is exploiting public position for personal profit.”

Ehud Olmert Convicted

Monday, March 31st, 2014

TEL AVIV – Just moments ago a court in Tel Aviv convicted former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on an account of bribeS he accepted.

When relating to the case, Justice David Rosen spoke of a “corrupt political system which has decayed over years… and in which hundreds of thousands of shekels were transferred to elected officials.” The court implied that Olmert lied during his testimony in court. Olmert received bribes when he was Mayor of Jerusalem in return for the advancement of the Holyand building project, a massive monstrosity of a project which overshadows all of Jerusalem.

10 of the 13 defendants were convicted together with Olmert, including Olmert’s secretary and close confidant Shulah Zaken who turned on Olmert last week. At the last moment Zaken came forward with new evidence against her former boss. The prosecution requested a two week postponement in order to allow for the investigation to complete and for Zaken to testify against Olmert, but Judge Rosen rejected their request and rendered his verdict today.

Zaken provided the prosecution with a recording in which Olmert allegedly tried to convince her not to sign a state witness deal. The police’s anti-fraud unit is now investigating Olmert, who could be facing charges of obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
Olmert has several other pending court cases against him involving corruption charges.

Former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski Convicted in Holyland Case

Monday, March 31st, 2014

A second former Jerusalem mayor, Uri Lupolianski, has also been convicted by a Tel Aviv District Court of corruption in the years-long Holyland case.

Lupolianski was found guilty of receiving bribes in exchange for allowing construction of the Holyland Park luxury residential complex near Jerusalem’s Malha Mall.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was  also convicted earlier in the day. Olmert, who at the time was mayor of Jerusalem and subsequently Minister of Trade and Labor, was convicted of receiving bribes from the contractors for the project.

Justice David Rosen ruled that Lupolianski was aware of sizeable donations to the Yad Sarah charity organization. “He had chosen to act against moral standards,” Rosen commented.

According to police suspicions, between 1999 and 2008, the Holyland development company and associated land development projects, then owned by businessman Hillel Charni, paid tens of millions of shekels in bribes through intermediaries to senior public decision makers in the Jerusalem Municipality.

“The broad canvas painted by the state’s witness revealed corrupt systems of government that had rotted over the years,” Rosen wrote in his decision. “Hundreds of thousands of shekels were transferred to elected and public officials. “The state’s witness didn’t transfer the money out of the goodness of his heart, but rather with the intention that Olmert would help promote projects.”

The state’s witness Shmuel Dachner, who is now deceased, was also convicted in the case, as was his aide, Meir Rabin, former Deputy Mayor Eliezer Simhayoff, former city engineer Uri Sheetrit, former aide to Ehud Olmert, Shuli Zaken, and others.

Of the 12 defendants in the case, nine were convicted, and three acquitted.

Former PM Ehud Olmert Found ‘Guilty’ in Holyland Trial

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty in the Holyland trial that dealt with corruption in the building of the massive luxury residential complex near the Malha Mall in Jerusalem.

Tel Aviv District Court Judge David Rosen announced the verdict Monday morning, handing down a verdict of “guilty” on charges of receiving bribes to allow contractors to proceed in construction of Holyland Park.

Olmert allegedly took the bribes from Holyland’s developers and the company Hazera Genetics during his time as Jerusalem mayor and minister of industry, trade and labor.

Of 12 defendants in the years-long trials, only three have been acquitted in the case.

The state’s witness Shmuel Dachner, who is now deceased, was also convicted in the case, as was his aide, Meir Rabin, former Deputy Mayor Eliezer Simhayoff, former city engineer Uri Sheetrit, former aide to Ehud Olmert, Shuli Zaken, and others.

Rosen slammed what he called “a corrupt political system which has decayed over years… and in which hundreds of thousands of shekels were transferred to elected officials.”

US Rented Apartment to Spy on Ehud Barak

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
Ehud Barak's apartment in the exclusive Akirov Towers. It's an expensive neighborhood to rent in for a simple Marine.

Ehud Barak’s apartment in the exclusive Akirov Towers. It’s an expensive neighborhood to rent in for a simple Marine guard.

The US spy scandal goes from bad to worse according to a Yediot Achronot report that says the US rented an apartment across the street from then Defense Minister Barak, apparently to spy on him.

The apartment housed a single US Marine, whom Israeli Intelligence noted in 2007 had brought in an unusually large amount of electronic equipment into his apartment. The US claims the marine was simply an embassy guard.

In light of all the spying the US has been doing on Israel, Israeli officials have been calling for the release of Jonathan Pollard.

The Ghetto Mentality Award for 2013

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Years ago, we took our young children on a trip up north. We stayed in a lovely apartment for three nights so we could travel around the Galilee and the Golan Heights and enjoy the coolness of Israel’s north during the hottest month of August. The children were sitting on a couch watching a television show, I was in the kitchen throwing together part of a late dinner, and my husband was outside firing up the barbecue when I heard two explosions.

Later I would find out that it was not actually two rockets but one. We were close enough to the firing source to hear the outgoing missile take off and, seconds later, hear it explode in the Israeli city of Kiryat Shemona. While thousands of other Israelis decided to cut their vacation short, we chose to stay in the north. We thought we would be teaching our children the wrong lesson if we let our enemies chase us away.

If the army ordered all the residents to move south, we would have gone but the army felt no reason to evacuate and we saw no reason to abandon our plans. When we did get back, someone told us we had been irresponsible, endangering our children. I wrote an article, way back then, about how the ghetto mentality still thrives in the minds of some Jews; how we still are conditioned to fear, to bend, to surrender.

From time to time, I come across someone who embodies the ghetto mentality; someone so ready to bend over and apologize for being what we are and have every right to be. Past recipients of the Annual Ghetto Mentality Award have been Shulamit Aloni, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ehud Olmert. For the most part, I don’t award this “honor” to non-Israelis – mostly because I feel that those of us from Israel, at least, should know better. Too, most people don’t award an annual award until December or so, lest a more shining example arise. And yet, though it is not even July, I feel safe in awarding this year’s Ghetto Mentality Award for 2013.

And so…drum roll please…The Ghetto Mentality Award for 2013, for inspiring and original Ghetto Mentality Thinking goes to Rabbi Yosef Antebi, the beaten Amsterdam rabbi – proudly ignorant member of the apparently mentally-ill Neturei Karta group.

I first wrote about him in Stupidly Blind and Blindly Stupid - but he has outdone himself with his latest thinking/action.

Freshly recuperating from his wounds, the rabbi has decided that he must come forward and set the record straight. No, he is not condemning his attacker – rather, he has decided to adopt the Christian concept of turning the other cheek and offering forgiveness…how nice. But more, he has decided that it is important that he must make certain that the Muslim who beat him, kicked him to the ground and spat on him – understands that he beat the wrong Jew. You see, this fine…as in finely stupid…rabbi is not, God forbid there should be any understanding…a Zionist. He isn’t upset that the Muslim beat a Jew; he’s upset that the Muslim beat the WRONG Jew, for the wrong reason!

So, dear Arab attacker, he wants to explain, please, next time you want to beat a Jew, please make sure he’s not as anti-Israel as you. You should, Rabbi Antebi wants to explain, confirm he is a Zionist – and then beat the crap out of him.

Yeah – with almost half the year still left, I feel comfortable in awarding this year’s Ghetto Mentality Award  for 2013 to Rabbi Yosef Antebi for being the blindest, stupidest, eerrrrrr…I’m out of words.

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